Cultivating Space for Sorrow—and Kindness—in Higher Education

Credit: iStock.com/Tero Vesalainen
Credit: iStock.com/Tero Vesalainen
A few years ago, while reviewing a student’s feedback on one of my course evaluations, I came across a profound observation. The student described the class, like many science courses, as “stoic,” yearning for more humanity in the learning experience. It struck a chord with me, having been through similar experiences in science courses myself, where the cold, clinical environment can leave us feeling disconnected from our own humanity.

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